By Herbert Cutner
In 1950, mythicist Herbert Cutner released his first-class paintings, "Jesus: God, guy or Myth?," which not just explores the legendary nature of Jesus Christ but additionally offers a unprecedented and much-needed summarization of the controversy among mythicists and historicizers during the last few centuries. opposite to renowned trust, the concept that Jesus Christ is a legendary personality isn't really new: actually, the wondering and doubting of the gospel story all started before everything of the Christian period and has been persisted by means of millions, if no longer hundreds of thousands, because then. The historicization and carnalization of the Christ personality was once fought by way of the Docetic Gnostics, and the disbelief was once addressed through early orthodox Christians in addition, together with the writers of the canonical epistles of John. certainly, 1 John four condemns as "antichrists" these "spirits" who don't confess that "Jesus Christ has are available the flesh," as does 2 John 7. Many, says 2 John, have contested the historicity of Jesus Christ, even via his day.
The writings of early Christians additionally confirm that Christ was once perceived through the Pagans as a regular solar god, an concept that got here to fruition within the works of French student Charles Dupuis on the finish of the 18th century, whilst he wrote his multivolume "Origine de tous les cultes." Dupuis was once through count number Volney, one other terrific French mythicist, and the floodgates opened, with the German college of biblical feedback kicking into complete equipment, the Dutch throwing their hats into the sector, and the British creating a super effect that's most likely accountable for the super low fee of church
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How could a Devil carry anyone unless he had really lived? In I Cor. , we get the text "For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, That the . " . And Dr. Conybeare adds, All thts ill agrees wtth the view that Paul believed the esus of the Gospels to be an ancient Pales- J E S U S - C O D, M A N O R M Y T H ? tinian Sun-God-Savior Joshua". I have rarely read a sillier com ment, and can understand why Mr. Robertson felt it was hardly worth while to discuss the problem of Jesus with anybody writing thus.
Van Manen is right, none of the Epistles ascribed to Paul was written by him, "neither fourteen, nor thirteen, nor nine, nor eight, nor yet even the four so long universally regarded as unassailable. They are all, with out distinction, pseudographia". The reader should turn to the article on Paul in the Encyclopedia Biblica for a full discussion of the matter, or to Thomas Whittaker's The Origins of Chris tianity. If the Epistles of Paul are therefore forgeries of the second century, if the Christian Church is responsible for these forgeries, exactly how much can we rely on Paul as a witness?
Conybeare faces the fact that, even among orthodox Chris tian theologians, Colossians may not be a genuine work of Paul, but it is dragged in all the same to prove that Paul is a marvelous witness to the living "Christ", for it, together with "Thessalonians and the so-called Pastorals" form "so many fresh witnesses against the hypothesis of J. M. Robertson and his friends". Howell Smith also has doubts about Colossians being genuine, but does that matter? Not at all; the Epistle still acts as an unimpeachable wit ness for Jesus.
Jesus: God, Man or Myth?: An Examination of the Evidence by Herbert Cutner